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"Limited Rights Without a Union"

In today's world, more than ever, workers need to join together. Instead of one lonely person

asking for his share of the pie, by joining with others, employees can bargain from a greater position of strength

and demand fairer wages, better health benefits, and a retirement plan for the future.

In fact, according to the Department of Labor, "union workers typically make up to 64% more than

non-union workers in the same occupations!"

Why?

Because a union creates a more level playing field between employer and employee!

"Union representation means that you gain rights"

Legal rights that you don't have without a union contract! Under the "employment at will" doctrine,

the cornerstone of American employment law, in general terms, unless you belong to a protected group,

your employer has the right to discipline or terminate, with impunity,

you for any reason - even a bad one- or for no reason at all.

That's why it is sometimes called the "fire at will" doctrine.

However, with a collective bargaining agreement, you have rights.

Management must have just cause for any disciplinary action taken against a union employee.

You bargain over wages, health benefits, working conditions and a retirement plan for you future.

But, you bargain collectively with the strength that comes from a collective voice.

There is "Power in Numbers". It's always wise to take full advantage of YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

  • WITH A UNION, the employer must bargain and pay the wages negotiated.
  • WITH A UNION, your rights on the job are spelled out and must be respected.
  • WITH A UNION, you can stop abuses on the job.

The union can prevent unjust and

unfair treatment by giving you representation on the job

and the right to file grievances if you are treated unfairly.

Who Runs the Union? YOU DO!

  • You elect you own local union officers.
  • You run your own local union affairs.
  • You have your own negotiating committee.
  • You make the decisions on your own union contract.
  • You decide important policies and actions of your own union by majority vote.
  • You elect your international union officers.
  • You elect you own delegates to the international conventions.
  • You -- the membership-- are the final voice of authority and decision in your Union

What is a Union anyway?

A Union is an organization of workers joined together for a common purpose,

for mutual aid and protection, to engage in concerted activity and collective bargaining,

to elevate their conditions of life and labor; an organization by which ordinary people do extraordinary things.